Cadillac centennial weekend brings back fond memories for Lamb

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Centennial celebrations continued in communities across the Southwest as the Village of Cadillac commemorated their 100th year on the July 4 weekend.

Residents of the 78-citizen community celebrated with a parade, demolition derby and penny carnival among other events over the three-day gathering.  The village also had a series of visiting guests who came back for the weekend.

Among those who returned for the festivities were Swift Current Broncos Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb, who was born in Ponteix but grew up in Cadillac.

Lamb gave the keynote address to the centennial guests after supper on Saturday, and afterwards said he was glad to be a part of the event.

“It was an honour to come back and be invited into the community where I grew up, where I learned all these lessons, and to come back and talk from the heart about a lot of things that I’ve learned,” he said.

During his speech Lamb called Cadillac a great place to grow up and play hockey.  Afterwards he spent time to speak about what the area meant to him and the work ethic and community spirit required to live there.

“You have to stick together and work to make everything (thrive),” he said.  “This whole community was like that.  It was just a way of life.”

Even though Cadillac has its benefits, it hasn’t been an easy 100 years.  Still, in an era where many of the provinces rural communities are disappearing, Cadillac has survived.

“There’s been a lot of these small towns that have just faded away and there’s nothing there anymore,” Lamb said, after acknowledging the people who kept Cadillac alive through good times and bad.  “It takes people and it takes dedication (to survive).  Look at all the volunteers… it’s really family orientated.”

Local residents have a strong sense of loyalty to the area and to their neighbors, he said, and that’s what’s helped Cadillac stay alive.

“You have to stick together and work to make everything (thrive),” he said.  “This whole community was like that.  It was just a way of life.”

Geographic location: Ponteix

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